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jmanpc
03-06-2007, 11:37 PM
Well, I finally got a hold of a Clarion DXZ955MC (after quite long and arduous... quest... to get it on eGay). I snagged it for a grand total of $310 shipped.

First impressions: This head unit is a showoff. It has a brushed aluminum faceplate, which brags white-illuminated accents above and below the full color touchscreen. Theres a minimum amount of buttons, and a single knob. Its interface is very easy to use, thanks to the 4.2" Touchscreen. Taps on the screen don't need to be hard or exaggerated- it's very natural. One thing I really like is you don't get lost in menu after menu after menu, and the functions are very plainly laid out. Features are easily and logically located. I remember on my 9855, I couldn't for the life of me figure out where some features were located! This is not a problem with the DXZ955MC.

The features, like the time alignment and crossovers are very easy to program. Again, on my 9855, there are a billion buttons and a Glidetouch... each doing their own functions. The Clarion lays everything out simply, but very functionally. There is little confusion while setting the sound adjustments.

The equalizer is a dual 3-band parametric, which is a major turnoff for some, seeing that the 880PRS offers a dual 16-band graphic equalizer. I have to agree, the Pioneer does offer a better eq, however, the Clarion's does not disappoint- oit boasts a wide variety of center frequencies, Q-control and level adjustment. In addition to this, in 3-way mode, the user can independantly change the level of each speaker, which is a major plus in taming or pronouncing specific drivers. I use the PEQ in conjunction with my Kicker KQ9 9-band graphic equalizer, which offers plenty of equalization.

Well I know what y'all are thinking-- how does it sound? Well let me first say, I am coming from using an Audiovox flipout. It sounded good, but it didn't sound good. The difference the Clarion has brought is incredible. It has a much smoother, more natural sound. Thanks to the time alignment, the image is smack-dab in the middle of my dash. I still have to do some gain adjustments, but I must say I am extremely pleased with the sound. It's rich and warm, not.... mechanical and shallow like the Audiovox. Everything is very clearly pronounced and annunciated.

I almost forgot! The Music Catcher! Let me tell you- that's an incredible feature! The deck can record up to 6 full CD's worth of music at the push of a button. Very nice! Also, very east to use. Mad props to Clarion on that one.

Gripes- no major ones, really, so far. The EQ could use more bands, but it's not been a problem for me. The time alignment is in centimeters, but I just whipped out my phone and multiplied by 2.54. I could see some people not liking the touchscreen, (kind of like Glidetouch), but I love it... makes the hu extremely easy to use.

Jman Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y13/goatboy_521/Installs/P2120154.jpg

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937DYTBOI
03-06-2007, 11:43 PM
yea i got the 855 version and i love it, only downfall as in what you said is the eq, if it had more bands it would be great.

glad to see you like it

iceteebone
03-06-2007, 11:46 PM
i wish my 880 had that music catcher

jmanpc
03-06-2007, 11:47 PM
It's a really cool feature... I know there are a few songs I just love to listen to, and it'll be nice not having to dig through my CDs

iceteebone
03-06-2007, 11:50 PM
It's a really cool feature... I know there are a few songs I just love to listen to, and it'll be nice not having to dig through my CDs

i'd use it to save my test tones.

jmanpc
03-06-2007, 11:51 PM
that's a good idea :fyi:

Thanks for the suggestion.

Echo42987
03-06-2007, 11:54 PM
Don't think it's an 880 killer but when I had that HU I enjoyed it a ton as well!

-Nick-

jmanpc
03-06-2007, 11:57 PM
I can't state for sure if it's an 880 killer, hence the ? at the end of the title. I've never owned one. However, this unit is far superior to the 9855 IMO. It's much easier to use, and has a bunch more features. Also, it goes for less :D

iceteebone
03-06-2007, 11:59 PM
just got my 880 today and i'm really liking it. fairly easy to use and has plenty of features. my alpine 9856 hardly had any features and yet was still hard to use. i'm really digging the 880

jmanpc
03-07-2007, 12:01 AM
I didn't get an 880 cuz I wanted to be different. And I'm very happy with my choice.

iceteebone
03-07-2007, 12:02 AM
I didn't get an 880 cuz I wanted to be different. And I'm very happy with my choice.

yea everybody owns an 880 but for good reason.

jmanpc
03-07-2007, 12:03 AM
I know they're excellent head units, and that's why everyone has em, but I'm gonna be the bandwagon hater

880 *****!!!!


hehe :D

iceteebone
03-07-2007, 12:05 AM
I know they're excellent head units, and that's why everyone has em, but I'm gonna be the bandwagon hater

880 *****!!!!


hehe :D

when pioneer comes out with a new headunit, this boner will become impotent

jmanpc
03-07-2007, 12:06 AM
Pioneer's gonna have to try hard to outdo themselves. They've done a real bang-up job with the 880.

expo5.0
03-07-2007, 12:08 AM
umm-

i don't think you can beat clarion 945mp with the dvh940- almost getting old school now, but still cooler than all of the above

iceteebone
03-07-2007, 12:10 AM
there is also the P9 combo but the OP is comparing the clarion with the 9855 and pioneer 880

camry_tuner
03-07-2007, 01:59 AM
got a 3-way active xover? nope... no xover and poor eq doesnt make it seem like a 880 or 9855 killer to me...you're paying for a fancy screen, and a small hard drive, and less processing

expo5.0
03-07-2007, 02:03 AM
regardless--- internal processing is for cheap a$$es

jmanpc
03-07-2007, 09:17 AM
got a 3-way active xover? nope... no xover and poor eq doesnt make it seem like a 880 or 9855 killer to me...you're paying for a fancy screen, and a small hard drive, and less processing

You *******. It does have a 3-way xover, and more sound tweaking features than the 9855. It's also a hell of a lot easier to use, and has plenty of other things that the people at Alpine haven't even touched yet. I have owned both, and the DXZ955 is far superior to the 9855. Do yourself a favor and drink some bleach, and cleanse the stupidity from yourself.

Feg.

SQBubble
03-07-2007, 10:29 AM
You *******. It does have a 3-way xover, and more sound tweaking features than the 9855. It's also a hell of a lot easier to use, and has plenty of other things that the people at Alpine haven't even touched yet. I have owned both, and the DXZ955 is far superior to the 9855. Do yourself a favor and drink some bleach, and cleanse the stupidity from yourself.

Feg.

LOL

nice head unit dude, iirc this was their best 1din touchscreen unit, the 955, has a very very good sound processor and it is very easy to use, I messed around with it in a shop, and it became addicting, loll, was gonna buy it but **** was it expensive, like 600$, sweet hu though, the new kenwoods can store music in the HU also! and eclipse too I think?

iceteebone
03-07-2007, 10:32 AM
regardless--- internal processing is for cheap a$$es

so what makes an external processor better?

expo5.0
03-07-2007, 11:36 AM
aren't any hu's that can do the processing i have external in any of my personal cars...

what makes it better is more options, more voltage, digital cable from hu to processor, higher slopes, more bands, etc.?

iceteebone
03-07-2007, 01:16 PM
aren't any hu's that can do the processing i have external in any of my personal cars...

what makes it better is more options, more voltage, digital cable from hu to processor, higher slopes, more bands, etc.?

sure if you get a P9 combo vs. an 880 but not all of us are big balla's like yourself

quakerroatmeal
03-07-2007, 01:23 PM
Just ordered my 880prs recently. Hope I like it going from a CDA-9835. IMO I don't like the looks of the Clarion. I like the looks of the old school Alpines and the 880prs more. The 880prs looks more of a classy look then a show compare to clarion/alpine. But as long as you like it, cool.

iceteebone
03-07-2007, 01:27 PM
Just ordered my 880prs recently. Hope I like it going from a CDA-9835. IMO I don't like the looks of the Clarion. I like the looks of the old school Alpines and the 880prs more. The 880prs looks more of a classy look then a show compare to clarion/alpine. But as long as you like it, cool.

i used to own a 9835. i think i like the pioneer better. easier to navigate and bigger eq. display is nicer on the alpine though.

JohnnyChuttz
03-07-2007, 01:52 PM
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c63/johnychuttz/P21201452.jpg

The only thing the 880 doesn't have that I really need.:crap:

Towncar
03-07-2007, 03:52 PM
Never cared for the touch screen on those clarions, but they are good sounding units. 880 is better though by a bit in my eyes largely due to the eq.

WLDock
03-07-2007, 09:45 PM
Pioneer's gonna have to try hard to outdo themselves. They've done a real bang-up job with the 880.

I think at the given price, the 880 was a GREAT choice for this market. I think Pioneer should offer a better version of the deck...maybe call it the 990 and offer a 4-WAY CROSSOVER, 31 BAND EQ and a few other things like a better transport and keep the price at about $650-800 or so. I think these would sell very well also.

champaned_out
03-07-2007, 10:08 PM
The only thing the 880 doesn't have that I really need.:crap:

if you have the remote there is a play/pause button...

theCybe
03-07-2007, 10:51 PM
If I had to buy a headunit again next year, I'd buy a used 880. :) The HU is ***. The Clarion's a little blingy for me.

iceteebone
03-08-2007, 12:24 AM
I think at the given price, the 880 was a GREAT choice for this market. I think Pioneer should offer a better version of the deck...maybe call it the 990 and offer a 4-WAY CROSSOVER, 31 BAND EQ and a few other things like a better transport and keep the price at about $650-800 or so. I think these would sell very well also.

eh, you'll loose a lot of customer base jacking the price up right there. they are popular with the middle range audiphiles and imo it offers plenty of audio features for that group. what i would improve is the display, and work on a ipod interface like alpine's.

Towncar
03-08-2007, 01:10 AM
Another thing would be to have more backlit colors to choose from on the 880 for those who have green, or red light dash displays, and ect..

Echo42987
03-08-2007, 05:46 PM
i used to own a 9835. i think i like the pioneer better. easier to navigate and bigger eq. display is nicer on the alpine though.

I agree 100%....As much as I love the 9835 the 880 just has better and more features. Still the best HU Alpine has ever made though. I absolutley loved that thing. Wish I never sold it!

-Nick-

camry_tuner
03-08-2007, 06:42 PM
You *******. It does have a 3-way xover, and more sound tweaking features than the 9855. It's also a hell of a lot easier to use, and has plenty of other things that the people at Alpine haven't even touched yet. I have owned both, and the DXZ955 is far superior to the 9855. Do yourself a favor and drink some bleach, and cleanse the stupidity from yourself.

Feg.
http://www.cardomain.com/item/CLADXZ955MC
site says 2-way xover, im just going based of what i found

and im not one that needs to curse to try to make my point more valid in the eyes of others, i feel that the clarion isnt a superior deck, if you do, then thats your opinion, no need to insult others

jmanpc
03-08-2007, 10:31 PM
http://www.cardomain.com/item/CLADXZ955MC
site says 2-way xover, im just going based of what i found

and im not one that needs to curse to try to make my point more valid in the eyes of others, i feel that the clarion isnt a superior deck, if you do, then thats your opinion, no need to insult others

I HAVE ONE IN MY **** VAN AND IT HAS 3-WAY XOVERS.

:fyi: For accurate specs on a product.... look on their (http://www.clarion.com/us/en/products/2005/audio/source_units/cd/DXZ955MC/us-en-product-pf_1133851137422.html) site!

Did you see this on the site??

http://www.clarion.com/us/en/mark/3WAYX-Over.gifhttp://www.clarion.com/us/en/mark/3WAYX-Over.gifhttp://www.clarion.com/us/en/mark/3WAYX-Over.gifhttp://www.clarion.com/us/en/mark/3WAYX-Over.gifhttp://www.clarion.com/us/en/mark/3WAYX-Over.gifhttp://www.clarion.com/us/en/mark/3WAYX-Over.gifhttp://www.clarion.com/us/en/mark/3WAYX-Over.gifhttp://www.clarion.com/us/en/mark/3WAYX-Over.gifhttp://www.clarion.com/us/en/mark/3WAYX-Over.gif

Pay attention.... you might learn something!

Aside from the equalizer, the Clarion is just as capable, if not moreso than the 880 as far as sound processing. It has more features, and an extremely easy interface, easier than other models of Pioneers I've used. (DEH P1800-6800)

Towncar
03-09-2007, 01:08 AM
^ I actually found the clarion alot less user friendly than most decks. Thats just my opinion though.

msimon
03-09-2007, 01:11 AM
I think at the given price, the 880 was a GREAT choice for this market. I think Pioneer should offer a better version of the deck...maybe call it the 990 and offer a 4-WAY CROSSOVER, 31 BAND EQ and a few other things like a better transport and keep the price at about $650-800 or so. I think these would sell very well also.

P9 combo anyone...

jmanpc
03-09-2007, 01:16 AM
How?

To set the xovers, you do

Sound
Settings
Xovers
Set the high xover and slope
Press the button to go to mid hpf
set the hpf xover and slope
Press the button to go to mid lpf
set the lpf xover and slpoe
press the button to go to sub lpf
set the sub lpf xover and slope.

not hard at all. very easily and logically laid out.

just to get to the xover on the 9855 took me a while to figure out. i actually had to read the manual!
Then, you have to punch around and figure out what's what, and some of the buttons go and exit you from the menu. unless you have read the manual and understood it, theres nothing user friendly about the 9855. I found all the features on the 955 easily within seconds, and was able to adjust them on the first try.

cliffs notes: the 9855 is a pain in the ***, and the touchscreen on the clarion makes it all really easy

camry_tuner
03-09-2007, 02:17 AM
^^ not sure how the 9855 is, but i just press and hold a button and im at the xover menu on my 7998

edit: my mistake bout the xover